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The Scott County Community Memory Project was funded by IMLS grant #LG-27-19-0224-19 to collect and preserve the history of rural Scott County, Iowa. Individuals and organizations agreed to give the Scott County Library System a digital copy of these items to provide public access to important local history.



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A button with a bell hanging from the bottom, that says "Centennial Belle, cosmetic permit, Eldridge, Iowa, 1871-1971, July 3-4-5." According to an ad for the centennial's "Cosmetic and Costumes Rules" in the January 27, 1971 edition of the North Scott Press, "All ladies in Eldridge must have cosmetic permits after March 1st or suffer a penalty." It also says "Cosmetic permit buttons may be purchased at Frontier Daze or from Gail Bries - Eldridge for 50...
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Contests
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Two men walking on snowy sidewalk with a picket fence and lamppost beside it. Grain elevator is seen in the background. This original photograph hangs at the Corner Grill at 101 W Mayne St, Blue Grass.
Topics: Lampposts, Grain elevators
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Ladies bowling team that bowled at Bowlmor Lanes in Davenport, IA or at the bowling alley in Durant, IA. Members of the team are, from left to right: Jackie Schneckloth, May Nelson, Harriet Moeller, Florence Arp, and Wanda Stender.
Topics: Schneckloth, Jackie, Nelson, May, Moeller, Harriet, Arp, Florence, Stender, Wanda, Bowling
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The 1994-95 yearbook documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229. Included is information about the Brownlie Sod House in Long Grove, the current officers, committees, past presidents, Southeast Iowa Area Day, and the International Convention. It also describes each monthly meeting held during the year. According to the Questers International website, the organization's purpose is "to educate by research and the study of antiques to:  1) preserve the past...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Sod buildings, Brownlie, Alexander W., Lage, Marlene, Schreck, Sue,...
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Roy Keppy poses with some of his hog championship trophies circa 1968. Keppy won first place in the Grand Champion and Grand Champion Truckload events at the National Barrow Show in 1967. He won the Grand Champion Truckload event in 1960, 1965, 1967 and 1968 with crossbred hogs.
Topics: Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Keppy, Roy, Swine, National Barrow Show
The program for the 7th annual Scott County Swine Producers (later called the Scott County Pork Producers) banquet held at the Blackhawk Hotel in Davenport, Iowa. The slogan on the cover says "We raise it, let's sell it!"
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Waetke, Wayne, Dexter, Jim, Mohr, Alvin, Kappeler,...
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A full transcript of the oral history can be downloaded as a PDF, found on the right hand side of this page. John Miller was born in Evansville, Indiana on August 16, 1928. As a boy, he moved to Maquoketa, Iowa with his parents. He had six brothers and sisters. His dad was in construction and built bridges and dams, among other things. John went to school in Maquoketa. He wanted to quit school at one point, so his dad put him to work on a construction job where they were building a three level...
Topics: Miller, John, Miller, Deonne, Building construction
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The Iowa Ramblers was the name of a band that played at Fairyland Park in rural Long Grove, Iowa. Members included Allen Schneckloth. Members played at other locations including Swain's Hall, Turner Hall, and Donahue Dance Hall. The band members were paid $5.00 a night.
Topics: Schneckloth, Allen, Schneckloth, Jackie, Growaring, Sue, Fairs, Mississippi Valley Fair, Horses
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A promotional 1942 calendar for Rohlf Appliance Store, located at 330 W. 2nd St. in Davenport. There is a picture of a baby at the top with the small calendar pages towards the bottom. A calendar cover page says "Season's Greetings. The following names are listed on the calendar: Art Beck, Ben Dobrofsky, Joe Campbell, and Clem Rubery.
Topics: Calendars, Promotional materials, Appliance stores, Beck, Art, Dobrofsky, Ben, Campbell, Joe,...
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Spectators gathered near a sign with list of contestants posted near a power line pole. The corn husking contest was held, 1/2 mile north of Eldridge on the Ray Keppy farm. This was the 4th corn husking contest held by the Eldridge Lion's Club. The others were held in 1969, 1970 and 1971, but they were open only to contestants from Scott County. This was the first year it was open to anyone in the state.The Championship Division consisted of the first 25 contestants to sign up. There was also a...
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Keppy, Ray, Keppy, Henry
Dana Jo Smith is driving a small cart pulled by her miniature white horse gelding named Casper. They are at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport. Dana Jo Smith lives in Buffalo, IA at Tuf-A-Nuf Stables. She has bred and raised white horses, mules, ponies and miniature horses. She has participated in many events, parades and shows with her animals.
Topics: Smith, Dana Jo, Fairs, Parades & processions, Horses, Mules, Ponies, Horse farms, Horse shows
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Download the PDF to the right to experience the full map of the schoolhouses. Posters created by Ruby Ferris for the Brownlie Sod House Questers #1229 detailing the one room schoolhouses of Scott County in 1910. The posters were printed by Commercial Printers in Eldridge, Iowa and presented to the Long Grove Civic Center and the City of Maysville in 2013. The poster also includes information about the Davenport School system circa 1904 and a biography of the school system's founder, Phoebe...
Topics: Ferris, Ruby, Schools
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In 1906 this implement building, located on the north side of W. Mayne Street, next to the corner grocery store, was an implement dealership operated by Henry Plett. His brother, August Plett, operated it in 1910. There was a flour mill attached to the back of the building. For a period of time the Blue Grass Post Office was located in this building which was torn down in 1971. The building to the west was the Shellabarger Barber Shop operated by Russell Shellabarger from 1925 to 1945. The...
Topics: Agricultural equipment, Plett, Henry, Plett, August
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School building from N. Mississippi Street in Blue Grass
Topics: Schools, Education
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Norbert Shannon with a woman who is probably Phyllis Sothmann during WWII. Shannon was born in Charlotte, Iowa (Clinton County). Shannon enlisted in the army in September 1942 and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He also received automotive maintenance training in Nahsville, Indiana, Jackson Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia. At one time, he was posted at Texarkana, Texas. In 1946, he married Phyllis Sothmann and he farmed north of Long Grove, Iowa until his death in 1974. His brother,...
Topics: World War, 1949-1945, Shannon, Norbert, Soldiers, Shannon, Phyllis Sothmann
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A sticker reading "I am a Go Go Pork Producer" meant to be used to identify members of the pork producers at an annual banquet. The sticker was in a scrapbook created by Myrtle Keppy from 1956-1967.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers
Dana Jo Smith is driving a cart, pulled by her miniature white horse named Casper, in a Blue Grass Homecoming Parade. Riding the horse next to her is Katie Briegel. Dana Jo Smith lives in Buffalo, Iowa, at Tuf-A-Nuf Stables. She has bred and raised white horses, mules, ponies and miniature horses. She has participated in many events, parades and shows with her animals.
Topics: Smith, Dana Jo, Briegel, Katie, Parades & processions, Horses, Mules, Ponies, Horse farms,...
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Street scene of two houses with men, women and children in front with two bicyles. This original photograph hangs at the Corner Grill at 101 W Mayne St, Blue Grass.
Topic: Bicylcles and tricycles
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An outside view of the new brick bank in Long Grove. According to "The History of Long Grove", edited by Eleanor Connell and updated by Ida Weibel, it was called the Stockman's Savings Bank. R.K. Brownlie was president and Raymond Curtis was cashier. Later H.O. Brownlie was the cashier. On December 15, 1921, this bank was robbed by two men named Roy Purple and Harry Hamilton. R.K. Brownlie and bookkeeper, Jean Marti, were in the bank at the time. The robbers ran out of the bank with...
Topics: Banks, Brownlie, R.K., Curtis, Raymond, Brownlie, H.O., Purple, Roy, Hamilton, Harry, Marti, Jean,...
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A coin bank, in the form of a pig, used to advertise for Central Trust and Savings Bank. According to the centennial publication "Eldridge - 100 Years, 1871-1971", the first bank in Eldridge was the Eldridge Savings Bank, which opened in 1899. A disagreement caused the Board of Directors to be divided, so a second bank, the German Saving Bank of Eldridge, was established in 1909. Its name was later changed to People's Saving Bank of Eldridge. During the early 1930s, because of the...
Topics: Banking, Banks, Promotional materials
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Portrait of Herman Ewoldt and his family. The children are Christian Ewoldt and his three sisters; Lena, Anna, and Emma. Christian was the father of Arno Ewoldt, Melvia Ewoldt's husband. 
Topics: Portraits, Ewoldt, Herman, Ewoldt, Christian, Keppy, Lena Ewoldt, Thede, Anna Ewoldt, Mohr, Emma...
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Spectators gathered near a grain auger used to move the corn from the wagon that was picked and husked by each of the teams. The sign with list of contestants is posted on a power line pole. The corn husking contest was held, 1/2 mile north of Eldridge on the Ray Keppy farm. This was the 4th corn husking contest held by the Eldridge Lion's Club. The others were held in 1969, 1970 and 1971, but they were open only to contestants from Scott County. This was the first year it was open to anyone in...
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Keppy, Ray, Keppy, Henry
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Class from Blue Grass school posing in a classroom
Topics: Schools, Education
The program from the 2nd annual Scott County Swine Producers (later called the Scott County Pork Producers) banquet held at the Masonic Temple in Davenport, Iowa. The menu, program, and list of donors are included.
Topics: Agriculture, Scott County Pork Producers, Eating & Drinking, Keppy, Roy, Mohr, Ned, Masonic...
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The program for the 5th annual Scott County Swine Producers (later called the Scott County Pork Producers) banquet held at the Blackhawk Hotel in Davenport, Iowa. The slogan on the cover says "We raise it, let's sell it!"
Topics: Agriculture, Scott County Pork Producers, Eating & Drinking, Lau, Norman, Blackhawk Hotel
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Hilda Hehnke in front of a car on the family farm.  In the 1930s, the farm was small and Henry Hehnke would take truck loads of tomatoes to Muscatine. According to Sherry Roberts, Henry's granddaughter, times were hard and the Hehnke's took in boarders and foster children to help make ends meet. Hilda married Edward Hirl in 1946.
Topics: Hirl, Hilda Hehnke, Agriculture, Automobiles
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Scrapbook #3 documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229, during the years 1999-2005. The book begins with a picture of the new sign for the Alexander Brownlie Sod House that was dedicated to Marlene Lage, organizer and charter member of Chapter 1229, who passed away in 1997. There are pictures of the local monthly meetings held throughout that time frame, along with newspaper clippings that report on each meeting. There is information about the election of...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Brownlie, Alexander, Lage, Marlene, Schreck, Sue, Carlin, Jean, Nagel,...
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In the 1880s a spur line extended from Rock Island through Blue Grass to Cedar Rapids. Service ended on April 13, 1925. The depot was located north of Harrison St. Men in picture are J.F. Kautz and V.L. Beuter, station agent. This original photograph hangs at the Corner Grill at 101 W Mayne St, Blue Grass. Description provided by the Blue Grass Historical Society.
Topics: Railroad stations, Telegraph offices, Kautz, J.F., Beuter, B.L.
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The program for the Scott County Market Hog Show sponsored by the Scott County Swine Producers (later called the Scott County Pork Producers)  held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.  Includes a list of exhibitors from around the region.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
Scores from the Scott County Corn Husking Competition in October 1941. Ralph Keppy came in first. A handwritten addition says Roy Keppy won the boys division.
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Keppy, Ralph, Keppy, Roy
A summary of the Scott County Spring Market Hog Show in 1967. Includes grade standards for Oscar Mayer and Company butchered hogs.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers
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Scrapbook that includes pictures of Allen and Jackie Schneckloth, Fairyland Park, Iowa Ramblers band, and the reunion of the band in later years. Jackie's parents owned Litscher's Tavern in McCausland before Jackie's mom, Grace Litscher, bought Fairyland Park, Long Grove, IA, in 1944. Grace and Rudy Litscher owned and operated it until 1971, when Jackie and her husband, Allen Schneckloth, took over.  Jackie and Allen first owned and operated the Walcott Colliseum from 1949 to 1971. In 1971...
Topics: Schneckloth, Jackie Litscher, Schneckloth, Allen, Dance halls, Bands, Fairyland Park, Walcott...
The program for the Scott County Spring Market Hog Show sponsored by the Scott County Pork Producers. The show was held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
The program for the Scott County Spring Market Hog Show held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
The Davenport Lutheran Home reflections newsletter welcoming Mildred Eckermann. Mildred passed away in September, 1988, a few months after arriving at the home. The Eckermann family farmed for many years in Scott County. Mildred's daughter, Myrtle married Roy Keppy.
Topics: Eckermann, Mildred, Eckermann, Myrtle, Davenport Lutheran Home
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The 2007-08 yearbook documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229. Included is information about the Brownlie Sod House in Long Grove, the current officers, committees, past presidents, Southeast Iowa Area Day, and the International Convention. It also describes each monthly meeting held during the year, past programs, members wish list, policies, state calendar and quotes to live by. According to the Questers International website, the organization's purpose is...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Sod buildings, Brownlie, Alexander W., Lage, Marlene, Schreck, Sue,...
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Front view of the general mechantile store located in Maysville. According to the sesquicentennial booklet, 150 Years, Maysville, 1856-2006, the store was built in 1902 by Henry Klindt, Jr. He sold it to Henry Schultz who lived upstairs above the store. The store also served as the post office. In 1913, Grover and Nettie Meyer purchased the store and lived upstairs. Otto Andresen formed a partnership with the Meyers. Otto ran a store in Walcott while the Meyers ran the one in Maysville. The...
Topics: General stores, Ferris, Ruby, Klindt, Henry Jr.
Largest known 8th grade graduating class from the two-room Blue Grass Independent School.
Topics: Heirshmann, Paul, Koll, Harvey, Shado, Norma, Pahl, Velma, Stevenson, Kenneth, Soenke, Albert,...
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Two men standing on a snowy sidewalk in front of the bank.  The first shareholder meeting of the Blue Grss Savings Bank was held at the Henry Hintz Hall on September 24, 1901 and the following were elected directors: Henry F. Wunder, John Plett, Edward Knaack, S.H. Moorehead, Edward Brus, Charles Ehrecke, J.H. Meyhaus, Chris Kautz, Jr. and Julius Schiele. The same day this board elected W.I. Vandevear, President, Julius Schiele, Vice President, Henry F. Wunder, Cashier and John Plett,...
Topics: Banks, Wunder, Henry F., Plett, John, Knaack, Edward, Moorehead, S.H., Brus, Edward, Ehrecke,...
A full transcript of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF, found on the right hand side of this page. Melvia Ewoldt was born August 8, 1918. She grew up on a small farm near Maysville, Iowa. Her father, Emil Burmeister, was a strong believer in education. She attended West Lynn School, northwest of Maysville, then attended Davenport High School until she graduated. Graduating from high school was something few rural girls were able to do at the time  She married Arno, (known as Barnie), in...
Topics: Ewoldt, Melvia, Braack, Sue, Davenport High School, World War, 1939 - 1945, Mothers, Construction
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Contest rules for the fourth annual baking contest using lard. The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate the value of lard as a shortening. One pound of white lard was given to each contestant from the Scott County Swine Producers (later known as the Scott County Pork Producers). Items that could be baked with lard included: chocolate chip cookies, white bread, cinnamon rolls, two crust cherry pie, one layer chocolate cake, and banana nut bread.
Topics: Agriculture, Scott County Pork Producers, Baking
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8th grade graduation diploma of Allan Fischer, son of Charles Fischer and Laura (Rathjen) Fischer. It is signed by Hermine Schnekloth. Also included is an "Award of Merit" for punctual and regular attendance by Allan, dated November 21, 1928.
Topics: diplomas, awards, Fischer, Allan, Fischer, Charles, Fischer, Laura (Rathjen), Schnekloth, Hermine
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An eraser used as a promotional item for a business called Eckermann Implement Co. It shows the phone number of 36.
Topics: Promotional materials, Agricultural equipment
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A promotional metal tray with the words "Greetings, Wiese Lumber Co., Eldridge, Iowa" printed on it along with a picture of three ducks flying. According to the Eldridge, Iowa, 100 Years, 1871-1971, Centennial book, Henry Wiese owned a lumber and building materials business in Eldridge in 1919.
Topics: Trays, Promotional materials, Lumberyards, Wiese, Henry
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A promotional 1928 calendar for "Al Klindt's Garage, Chevrolet Cars, Blacksmithing", located in Long Grove. At the top of the calendar there is a scenic picture of a lake with surrounding mountains, and the monthly calendar pages are towards the bottom.  
Topics: Calendars, Blacksmiths, Automobile dealerships, Promotional materials, Klindt, Al
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A full transcript can be downloaded as a PDF on the right-hand side of this page. Sherry Roberts was born on October 22, 1948 and grew up on a farm west of Davenport, on West Locust Street. Her father was born on a farm near Eldridge and her mother was born on a farm that is now part of West Lake Park. Sherry attended nearby one room schools for 1st and 2nd grade, then attended the brand new Walcott School as a 3rd grader and through 9th grade. For the rest of high school she attended Central...
Topics: Roberts, Sherry, Roberts, Philip, Schools, Public Libraries, West Lake Park
A handwritten draft of the scores of the Scott County Corn Husking Competition in 1941. It appears as if the boys' division names are written over the men's division.
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Keppy, Roy
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A photo from Roy Keppy's 1968-1978 scrapbook titled the Founding Fathers - Scott County Pork Producers. From left front row: Henry Clark, J.R. Underwood, Alvin Kay, and Roy Keppy. Back row: Jerry Greve, Ned Mohr, George Golinghorst, and Ed Geest.  The group was founded in 1956 by the men in the photo, along with Gene Bernick and Ted Gruenhagen, to promote the interests and advance the education of hog farmers in rural Scott County. The group was originally called the Scott County Swine...
Topics: Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Clark, Henry, Underwood, J.R, Kay, Alvin, Keppy, Roy, Greve, Jerry,...
A press release from the 1967 National Barrow Show announcing Roy B. Keppy's win in the two major championships awarded at the show: the Grand Champion Barrow and the Grand Champion Truckload. Crossbred hogs were relatively new in the competition, and Keppy's second win in the Grand Champion Barrow contest proved their worth. Keppy would win the Grand Champion Truckload in 1960, 1965, 1967, and 1968 with crossbred pigs.
Topics: Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Keppy, Roy, Swine, National Barrow Show
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Postcard with a photo of Long Grove's 1st St. looking toward the north. Words printed at the bottom say "Residence Section, Long Grove, IA". The back of the postcard is blank.
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A postcard with a photo of the Long Grove grain elevator and stockyards.  The words "__?__ Stock Yards, Long Grove, Ia." are written at the bottom. According to The History of Long Gove by Eleanor Connell, both the grain elevator and the stockyards were built after the train came through town in 1870. The stockyards were managed by R.K. Brownlie, his father, James Brownlie, and his brother, A.W. Brownlie for many years. The grain elevator was built by the Rothchilds Grain Co. and...
Topics: Postcards, Grain elevators, Stockyards, Brownlie, R.K., Brownlie, James, Brownlie, A.W., Anschutz,...
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Scrapbook #1 documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229 during the years 1992 - 1996. Included is information about  Alexander W. Brownlie, R.K. Brownlie, Katherine Brownlie and the Brownlie Sod House in Long Grove. There are photos of the interior and exterior of the sod house which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The scrapbook also includes information about the organization of Chapter 1229 in September of 1992. There are pictures of the...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Sod buildings, Sleds & sleighs, Brownlie, Alexander W., Brownlie,...
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Family portrait of Henry Bahrenfuss and Laura (Holst) Bahrenfuss. Laura is a cousin of Steve Suiter's father, Glen Suiter.
Topics: Suiter, Steve, Bahrenfuss, Henry, Bahrenfuss, Laura (Holst), Suiter, Glen H.
Horses and buggies line up at  the 17th Annual National Corn Husking Contest. The contest was held on the Henry Keppy farm 6 miles northwest of Davenport from October 27 -30, 1940. This photo was possibly part of the horse show, which featured Roy Curtis and his 20 horse hitch.
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Horses, Curtis, Roy
In 1969, NBC aired a "Down on the farm" program in which they interviewed Roy and Myrtle Keppy from Glendale Farm near Eldridge, Iowa. The transcript of the program is included, where the Keppys both say they are proud to be farmers. A viewer letter lauds Roy Keppy as being beloved throughout rural America.
Topics: Agriculture, Keppy, Roy, Television programs
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Unknown class photo of Blue Grass School students
Topics: Schools, Education
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This woman is probably Phyllis Sothmann, sweetheart of Norbert Shannon. Shannon enlisted in the army in September 1942 and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He also received automotive maintenance training in Nahsville, Indiana, Jackson Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia. At one time, he was posted at Texarkana, Texas. In 1946, he married Phyllis Sothmann and he farmed north of Long Grove, Iowa until his death in 1974. Phyllis was a wife and homemaker and later worked for the North Scott...
Topics: World War, 1949-1945, Shannon, Norbert, Soldiers, Shannon, Phyllis Sothmann
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On June 2, 1873, Isaac and Lucinda Barnes deeded property on East Orphed Street in Blue Grass for $75.00 to Valentine Wineman, John Barnes, G.W. Baker, Isaac Barnes, James H. Robinson and Abraham Stapleton as trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Blue Grass. A frame church was erected in 1873. It was used for woship from 1873 to 1970 when the congregation voted to relocate the church to the northwest part of town. The photograph is from around 1908. The Presbyterian Church organized in Blue...
Topics: Presbyterian churches, Barnes, Isaac, Barnes, Lucinda, Wineman, Valentine, Barnes, John, Baker,...
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Large group of men standing in front of tavern along with a boy that has what could be a newspaper delivery bag across his shoulder. The Blue Grass Tavern, built in 1900 by Joe and Kate Mohr, is still standing at 101 W. Mayne Street. An undated news article reports a man was stabbed in the back and also slashed across the right side of his head while having a beer with friends at the Mohr Saloon. The Mohrs operated the tavern until 1918 after which there have been many owners and changes to the...
Topics: Bars, Prohibition, Mohr, Joe, Mohr, Kate
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Men's bowling team holding two trophies. Members of the team are, from left to right: Stan Stender, Arlin Moeller, Eddie Muhs, Allen Schneckloth, and Les Lund.
Topics: Stender, Stan, Moeller, Arlin, Muhs, Eddie, Schneckloth, Allen, Lund, Les, Bowling
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A full transcript can be downloaded as a PDF on the right-hand side of this page. Dana Jo Smith was born in Iowa City, IA on September 18, 1941. Her parents were William Edward Roberts and Cynthia Jo (Hougland) Roberts. Her father worked at the University Laundromat in Iowa City. She had two brothers. Her mother took her younger brother and left when she was seven. She says she “sorta raised herself” but her dad always made sure she had food. Dana Jo would ride her pony bareback for two...
Topics: Smith, Dana Jo, Hewitt, Trish, Villa de Chantal, 4-H clubs, Horses, Ponies, Horse farms, Horse...
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Front view of the dance hall and tavern located in Maysville. It is a large two-story building with a horse and buggy with several people standing in front. A windmill is standing next to it. According to the sesquicentennial booklet, 150 Years, Maysville, 1856-2006, the store was built in 1871 by Henry Klindt, Jr.  It served many uses through the years including the location of the fire department, council meetings, elections, cemetery benefit card games, annual fehmaraner (a gathering of...
Topics: Dance halls, Bars, Ferris, Ruby, Klindt, Henry Jr.
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Chris Kautz General Store is located on the SE corner of Mayne and Mississippi Streets. The address is 101 E. Mayne St. The house to the left was lived in by Chris and his family. 1920 Census records for Blue Grass has the following information: Chris Kautz was born about 1857 in Illinois, his wife Sofia was born about 1876 in Iowa and his son Chris was born about 1909. Pictured is Walter Kautz, J.F. Kautz, Arthur Kautz, Chirs Kautz and Dr. W.I. Vanderveer. The store sold groceries, hardware,...
Topics: Grocery stores, Kautz, Chris, Kautz, Sofia, Kautz, Chris Jr., Jens, Elmer, Hoffbauer, Edward J.,...
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Street view that includes an automotive business, including a gas pump. Various signs on the building say "Hood Tires", "Chevrolet", "Fisk Tires". There appear to be gutters along the street. This original photograph hangs at the Corner Grill at 101 W Mayne St, Blue Grass.
Topics: Automobile service stations, Gasoline pumps
The wives of the directors of the Scott County Swine Producers Association spent weeks making plastic pigs to be used as table decorations for the January 22, 1963 annual banquet. The pigs were made from old bleach bottles. Left to right are Mrs. James Dexter, Mrs. Waldo Bruhn, Mrs. Robert Kappeler, Mrs. Robert Petersen, Mrs. Bernard Frye, and Mrs. Wayne Waetke. Mrs. Alvin Mohr is standing in the back.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Dexter, James, Bruhn, Waldo, Kappeler, Robert,...
A letter from Jack (J.D.) Johnson of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to Roy Keppy about the success of the U.S. hogs program. Much of the program was shot on Keppy's farm and of his hogs at the National Barrow Show.
Topics: Television Programs, Keppy, Roy, Johnson, Jack, Swine, Agriculture, Correspondence
The list of results for the carcass contest held at the Spring Market Hog Show in 1963. The annual show was held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
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Download the PDF to the right to experience the full map of the depots. Poster created by Ruby Ferris for the Brownlie Sod House Questers #1229, detailing the train depots located in Scott County and neighboring areas, including parts of Clinton, Cedar, and Muscatine Counties, and Illinois, in the area across the river from Davenport and Bettendorf. The Questers presented the poster to the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to be displayed in the train depot located there. The poster was printed by...
Topics: Railroad stations, Ferris, Ruby
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Scrapbook #4 documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229, during the years 2005-2012. There are pictures of the local monthly meetings held throughout that time frame, along with newspaper clippings that report on each meeting. There is information about the election of officers, budgets and the SE region and state meetings. In 2007 they celebrated their 15th Anniversary. Also in 2007, Ruby Ferris presented her "Illustrated Railroad Depot" display at...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Bells, Bell towers, Slavery, Abolition movement, Brown, John, Brownlie,...
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Dana Jo Smith with her son Rowdy Joe who is sitting on a rocking horse. They are both dressed in western style clothing and wearing large cowboy hats.  Dana Jo Smith lives in Buffalo, IA at Tuf-A-Nuf Stables. She has bred and raised white horses, mules, ponies and miniature horses. She has participated in many events, parades and shows with her animals.
Topics: Smith, Dana Jo, Horses, Mules, Ponies, Horse farms, Horse shows
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A postcard with a painted scene, inside the shape of a horseshoe,  of a house and trees.  The words on the front say "Greetings from Eldridge, IA." On the back it is addressed to Miss Wilma Kuhl of Eldridge. There is no message.  It has a one cent Benjamin Franklin stamp on it.
Topics: Postcards, Kuhl, Wilma
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Norbert Shannon's pay record from the U.S. army after 2.5 years of service. Shannon enlisted in the army in September 1942 and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He also received automotive maintenance training in Nashville, Indiana, Jackson, Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia. At one time, he was posted at Texarkana, Texas. In 1946, he married Phyllis Sothmann and he farmed north of Long Grove, Iowa until his death in 1974. His brother, Virgil Shannon enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942...
Topics: World War, 1949-1945, Shannon, Norbert, Soldiers
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Side view of the general mecantile store located in Maysville. According to the sesquicentennial booklet, 150 Years, Maysville, 1856-2006, the store was built in 1902 by Henry Klindt Jr.  He sold it to Henry Schultz who lived upstairs above the store. This side view shows the screened in porch and the one car garage below it. The store also served as the post office. In 1913, Grover and Nettie Meyer purchased the store and lived upstairs. Otto Andresen formed a partnership with the Meyers....
Topics: General stores, Ferris, Ruby, Klindt, Henry Jr.
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Grandpa Ed Jacomet standing next to a sign that was made to dedicate Park View's double diamonds to him. According to the January 19, 1994, North Scott Press, the diamonds were dedicated to him on January 14, 1994. He was known as Park View's biggest supporter of all children, but especially young athletes. He believed all children should have the chance to participate in sports and have fun, even if they were not that talented.  Grandpa Ed was also honored in 1991 and 1992 during the Park...
Topics: Jacomet, Ed, Grandparents, Sports, Baseball, Basketball
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North Scott student, Terry Behrens, participating in a corn husking contest which was held, 1/2 mile north of Eldridge on the Ray Keppy farm. The other members of his team were: Mike Claussen, Joe Green, and Randy Kuhl. Their 4H team name was "Sheridan Sluggers - No. 1".  They won second place in the Junior Division. This was the 4th corn husking contest held by the Eldridge Lion's Club. The others were held in 1969, 1970 and 1971, but they were open only to contestants from Scott...
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Keppy, Ray, Keppy, Henry, Behrens, Terry, Claussen, Mike, Green, Joe,...